Saving for College

Virginia 529 -Tax-advantage savings programs offered by the state of Virginia.


Do not delay completing the FAFSA. You do not have to wait until you know where you are going to college.

Submit your  FAFSA online as soon after October 1 as possible.

FAFSA Resources

Seven Things You Need Before you Fill Out the 2019-20 FAFSA Form

FAFSA4caster - free online federal financial aid calculator (useful for juniors also)

2019-20 Virginia Paying for College PowerPoint Presentation (August 20, 2019) (PDF)

You've Submitted the FAFSA, Now What:

Pell Grant Resources

Other Resources:
16 Best Apps for Saving Money in College

Scholarships & Awards

PWEA Member Dependent Scholarship--senior attending a 2/4- year college and a dependent of an active member of PWEA member. Deadline; April 7, 2021 @ 4 PM.
Download applicationdependent-scholarship-fillable-2021.doc

PWEA Deloris Hampton Future Teacher Scholarship--PWCS senior applying to a teacher preparation program at an accredited college/university. Deadline: April 27, 2021 @ 4PM. Download application:deloris-hampton-future-teacher-fillable-2021.docx

PWEA First Generation Member Dependent Scholarship
--senior attending a 2/4-year college; who is a dependent of an active  PWEA member; MUST be first in family to attend college. Deadline: April  27, 2021 @ 4 PM. Download application: 1st-generation-member-dependent-scholarship-fillable-2021.doc

PWEA Martha Cannon Teacher Scholarship
--need based award for seniors who plan to attend a 4-year college/university and major in education. Preference is given to those who focus on math education. Deadline: April 27, 2021 @ 4 PMDownload ApplicationMartha-Cannon-Teacher-scholarship-fillable-2021.doc

National Naval Officers Association Quantico Chapter Capt. Jesse Melton
Scholarship-- Rising Junior or Senior; GPA: 2.5 or higher; Deadline April 30, 2021. Download Application. NNOA_Scholarship 2021 Application (1).docx

Woodbridge Rotary Scholarship--$2,000 scholarship award for a High School senior graduating in 2021 from a Prince William County high school and  planning to attend a college or trade school; Demonstrated record of achievement and financial need. 
Download and complete application. Woodbridge Rotary Scholarship Application.pdf

Alfred Street Baptist Church Foundation Scholarship--graduating senior; US citizen; demonstrated financial need; demonstrated community service; GPA=2.5 or higher. Deadline--April 30, 2021. APPLY online
 Faith Hope And Love Jesus, Inc. College Scholarship--
open to childhood cancer and blood disorder survivors pursuing post-secondary education at US college/university. $500; Deadline: May 1, 2021. APPLY

The Patriot High School Boosters Club 2021 Scholarship--available for one senior female and one senior male in the amount of $1,000 each. Applications are due April 30, 2021.  Visit this site to learn more and submit your application

Kylee Kares Foundation 2021 Scholarship--PWC graduating senior planning to pursue a college degree in the mental health field ( Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, etc) GPA= 2.5; demonstrated desire to help others. Download and open application :2021 KK Scholarship Application (fillable PDF).pdf

Virginia Sheriff's Institute Scholarship--seniors residing in a Virginia county or city where the sheriff is a member of the Virginia Sheriff's Institute;  planning to attend a  Virginia college/university and major in criminal justice (NOT pre-law);
Deadline: May 1, 2021; APPLY

Ole Virginia Hams Steve Frick Scholarship 2021--PWC graduating senior pursuing a bachelor's degree in electrical/electronics, engineering, or computer-related science; Deadline: May 1, 2021; Click "apply' to access website APPLY; Click About the Club>W4OVH Scholarship

Women in Community Action, Inc. Scholarship--
graduating senior seeking a college degree; 3.0 GPA; Deadline, March 26, 2021 (Postmarked). Apply  or
Download here, WICA Scholarship Application - 2021 #2 (1).docx

Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship
-- high school graduate(or GED) Planning to enroll part-time or full-time at an accredited vocational technical school, trade school, two-year community or state college for the 2021-2022  pursuing an associate degree, credit-bearing certificate or an industry-recognized credential in one of the specified fields of study .  APPLY

Community Foundation for Northern Virginia--The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia manages nine scholarships and administers the funds for 14 other scholarships that support Northern Virginia students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. View details on the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia website.

Robert S. Smith Memorial Scholarship--senior planning to pursue college or vocational training. Have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and preferably interested in studying Information Technology; $1240. Deadline, April 30, 2021 @ 3PM.  Download application here. Robert S Smith Mem App 2021.docxRobbie Web page.docx

2021 Inter-Service Club Council (ISCC) of Greater Manassas Scholarships-- See attached listing of available scholarships from ISCC members and other local non-profit organizations

Good News Community Kitchen Founder's Scholarship--seniors from a single-parent household or emancipated minors living in Prince William/Fairfax Counties. Application Information

Xi Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  Ira Dorsey Scholarship--graduating  male seniors; Application materials below must be completed and postmarked by Saturday, May 01, 2021.
2021 IDSEF Scholarship Application Form (1).xlsx
2021 IDSEF Scholarship Community Member Recommendation (1).xlsx
2021 IDSEF Scholarship Counselor-Teacher Recommendation.xlsx
Ira Dorsey Scholarship Letter 2021.pdf

Scholarships in Naviance

Visit the Naviance Scholarship list page often to view local and national scholarships open to Prince William County students

Directions for accessing Scholarship list:

  • Log into Naviance Student.
  • Click on Log in with Clever 
  • Click on Colleges Tab at the top right
  • Scroll down to Scholarships and Money
  • Click on Scholarship List
  • Click the box to the left of all scholarships you’re interested in
  • Click +Add to my applications
  • Click Add Scholarships to save to your Scholarship Applications List
  • Check the list often for updates!

Additional Financial Aid/Scholarship Resources

Golden Door Scholars (undocumented students)

College Affordability and Transparency Center - U.S. Department of Education agency providing access to college costs and fees.

Information on Lendedu regarding private student loans